Using the new multi-touch tables at Durham University provided by Ness Furniture we tried out the currently available multi-touch features of two operating systems. The first operating system is Windows 7 which comes with some simple multi-touch features, mostly mouse emulation and image manipulation.
The input for this operating system was provided by a vision system sending TUIO to software called vista multi-touch which converts the TUIO protocol to the microsoft multi-touch standard.
The second operating system is ubuntu using the compiz plugin featured in several of the previous videos. Again TUIO is passed to the compiz via a network from vision system software on another machine.
Hopefully soon we’ll be able to try out the new version of Ubuntu which apparently offers new multi-touch features. Also we may be able to try out some multi-touch features available to Mac operating systems.